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Tropical Chicken Salad

As we near the summer solstice the mercury is rising here in the UK. The smell of burning coals and delicious chargrilled morsels, mingles with the chime of an ice-cream van. A Sunday, I often roast a joint, not today. How can I enjoy juicy chicken without being cremated in the kitchen?


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 8 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 90g wild rocket
  • 1 large mango
  • 2 large avocadoes
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-4 tbsp runny honey


  1. Lightly toast the desiccated coconut in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat, for 2-3 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Rinse the chicken in cold water, and pat dry with kitchen towel. Slice into goujons.
  3. Put the spices, desiccated coconut, and lemon zest in a large plastic food bag. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and add to the bag. Seal and shake until the chicken is coated in the spice rub.
  4. For the salad peel, destone, and dice 1 mango. Destone and slice the 2 avocadoes, sprinkle over the juice of one lemon. In a serving bowl add the rocket, mango, and avocado. Set the salad aside.
  5. Heat the oil in a frying pan or wok until hot. Fry the chicken for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly. Drizzle over the honey and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Once the chicken is cooked, squeeze over the juice of 1 lemon and remove from the heat.
  6. Stir the chicken into the salad. Serve on its own, or with a good crusty bread.


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